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December 2020
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Health, Safety, and Environment

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Sponsored Training Opportunities
HSE sponsors a variety of instructor-led and online training course options and dates.
(http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/hse/training/#Instructor)


Keep Biosafety Cabinet Certifications Current
As productivity in research areas continues to progress, it is important that engineering controls and safety equipment are operated according to manufacturer specifications. Before using a biological safety cabinet (BSC) in the lab, make sure that you confirm its current certification date and proper functionality. Properly maintained biological safety cabinets (BSCs) provide an effective containment for the safe manipulation of potentially infectious agents, thus protecting the worker and the environment. Use of good microbiological techniques also helps protect the product being manipulated within the BSC from contamination.

It is the policy of Johns Hopkins to periodically test and certify (at least annually) the performance of all biological safety cabinets and other laminar air flow equipment. Only the parties designated by the Biosafety Office in Health, Safety, and Environment shall service BSCs at The Johns Hopkins Institutions. Only biological safety cabinets listed by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) as compliant with NSF/ANSI Standard 49 (Class II Laminar Flow Biohazard Cabinetry) shall be purchased. A list of manufacturers and models is available on the NSF website: http://nsf.org/Certified/Biosafety

Arrangements for performance testing, certifications, and integrity confirmations may be initiated by contacting the biosafety Office at Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) at 410-955-5918.

If you have questions regarding BSC Certifications and maintenance please contact Health Safety and Environment (HSEInfo@jhmi.edu).

For more information regarding the various Johns Hopkins Safety policies please visit the below link: http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/hse/policies/index.html.


BioRAFT Chemical Registry
Principal Investigators, please remember to complete the initial lab registration in BioRAFT. BioRAFT is an online, 24/7 accessible, software package that is being deployed to serve as the chemical registry for laboratory spaces located on the campuses of Johns Hopkins. Completion of the lab registration in BioRAFT will be reviewed as part of the annual departmental safety survey.

To access BioRAFT, please go to: https://jhu.bioraft.com. After logging in using your JHED ID, the General Setup Wizard will guide you through the lab set-up.
We greatly appreciate your assistance with this project

Johns Hopkins 2020-21 Flu Campaign

Onsite Schedules & Locations | Walgreens | Vaccinations & Exceptions | Policy

Flu vaccine for Johns Hopkins employees is here! The inactivated influenza vaccine (injectable) will be administered to Hopkins employees beginning September 21, 2020. (Please see locations & schedules below).

The Johns Hopkins Institutions require health care providers to have annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved qualified exception. Please review the Mandatory Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Policy (HSE048) for more information.

The Influenza vaccine will be administered to Physicians, Faculty, Staff, Employees, Students and Volunteers by Occupational Health Services as listed below.

Johns Hopkins will be partnering with Walgreens during the 2020-21 flu season. Walgreens pharmacists will be giving our employees the flu vaccine, both on-site and at all Walgreens retail locations. Both of these options will begin on Monday, September 21, 2020.

Important Things To Know:

  • Onsite Vaccinations - To comply with physical distancing guidelines, you must make an appointment to receive your flu vaccine.
  • Walgreens Vaccinations - You must either print out a voucher (JHED ID & PW required) or display the voucher on your phone at the time of service to receive the vaccine at Walgreens. Please note, use Chrome, Safari or Firefox browser to open voucher. No appointments necessary, walk-ins available. If vaccinated with a voucher, you do not need to submit proof of vaccination. If vaccinated at Walgreens without a voucher (i.e. using insurance), proof of immunization must be provided to Occupational Health Services to receive credit for the vaccination.
  • Onsite & Walgreens Vaccinations - To help expedite your visit, please fill out the vaccination form prior to your appointment, have a valid Hopkins ID/badge and bring both with you.
  • Vaccinated Outside - If vaccinated outside (i.e. Primary Care, CVS, Safeway, etc.) of Johns Hopkins, a proof of immunization must be provided to Occupational Health Services to receive credit for the vaccination.
  • Vaccinated Outside - For the East Baltimore Campus, Flu Clips are available at the Employee Health and Wellness Clinic (EHWC) located in the Phipps Building, 3rd floor, Monday - Friday, 8am-3pm. For all other campuses, please call or email your Occupational Health Services office for flu clip locations. You must provide proof of receiving your vaccine or already used the self-submit online tool. If you received your vaccine at Walgreens, please wait until you receive the email confirmation or bring your receipt from the store.

Have questions about the mandatory flu vaccination policy? Read these FAQs

Hopkins Onsite Vaccination Schedules & Locations

Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC) policies:
The United States Government's Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC) went into effect on September 24, 2015. DURC is defined by the federal government as:

"life research that, based on current understanding, can be reasonably anticipated to provide knowledge, information, products, or technologies that could be directly misapplied to pose a significant threat with broad potential consequences to public health and safety, agricultural crops and other plants, animals, the environment, materiel, or national security."

In the federal policy's current form, there are 15 agents (microbial entities and toxins) that fall under institutional DURC oversight. The current list of 15 agents as well as a list of 7 categories of experiments or experimental effects that would constitute DURC may be found at this website: http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/hse/ire/regulations.html. Questions regarding DURC should be directed to the Biosafety Office at biosafety@jhu.edu or ire@jhu.edu.


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December 2020 articles:
Essential Information for Human Subjects Research Teams Related to COVID-19
Coronavirus Research Billing Notices and FAQ
Managing Investigational Product Returns from Research Participants
Update to Organization Policy on Registration of Clinical Trials
Changes in HSR Recertification
Update on Insurance and Research Participant Financial Responsibility Information Sheet: Signature No Longer Required
Change in JHM IRB Review Fees for Commercially-Funded Studies
Data and Safety Monitoring Board Training Manual Now Available
Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Fundamentals: Understanding and Applying GCP to Human Subject Research
Fee Schedule Adjustment for Hospital Services Charged to Clinical Trial Budgets
Changes to NIH-funded Human Subjects Research
Free Resources for Longitudinal Clinical Research Studies
JHM IRB Reliance Requests
Sharing Partnership for Innovative Research in Translation
Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Network
 
Visit Animal Care and Use Committee Website
Current Classes
"Interinstitutional Assurance" Agreement
Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) presents: Safety in Research Updates
COVID-19 Funding Opportunities
Accelerated Translational Incubator Pilot Program (ATIP)
Clinical Research Unit Boost and Propel Awards
Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) Challenge
Updated Guidance from NIH on COVID-19 Flexibilities for Applicants and Recipients
COVID-19 and Research Updates
New System to Request Outgoing Subawards
Point of Contact for NIH Loan Repayment Program
JHU SOM Update on NIH Policy on Foreign Involvement
Disclosure of Payments from Foreign Educational Institutions and Government Agencies
Institutional Letter of Support Required for Institutional Training Grant Applications
Notice to the Johns Hopkins Community Regarding the National Science Foundation Grant Reporting Requirement for Harassment Findings and Actions
Prohibited Mention of Prior Review for New Replacement Applications
NIH Policy on Foreign Component Involvement
NIH Policy: Foreign Components Added to a Grant to a Domestic or Foreign Organization
Why Project Outcomes Matter in your Interim and Final Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR)
NIH Matchmaker, A Tool For Finding Similar NIH Projects
NIH Video Tutorials on How to Apply for Grants

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